Hindustan-Tibet road blocked

Shimla, June 4
Traffic on the Hindustan-Tibet road has been disrupted since last night following a massive landslide triggered by heavy rains near Matiana, about 45 km from here.

The massive landslide took place at 8 pm last night leading to complete closure of vehicular traffic to Kinnaur and other areas. With the closure of the National Highway No. 22 the entire Kinnaur bound traffic, including HRTC buses, have been diverted via Basantpur. Work on clearing the road was still on as the PWD had pressed four bulldozers into service to clear debris from the road.

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Cold wave intensifies in HP

Shimla, December 6
Wintery conditions intensified in Himachal Pradesh following a fresh spell of snowfall in higher altitude areas and rains in mid and lower hills of the state during the past 24 hours, the met sources said today.

Intense coldwave conditions were prevailing in the high-altitude areas of Kinnuar, Lahaul Spiti, Kulu, Chamba, Kangra, Sirmaur and Mandi districts following snowfall for the fourth day today.

Dhundi and Solang Nullah, both in Kulu district, had recorded 48 cm and 13 cm of fresh snowfall last night.

Patseo and Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul Spiti, also recorded 25 cm and 6 cm of fresh snowfall during the night, plummeting minimum and maximum temperatures in the tribal areas.

Saach Pass in Chamba district has so far recorded over 2 feet of snowfall during the past four days, disrupting traffic on the Chamba-Pangi road, besides other link roads.

Vehicular traffic has also been suspended on the Manali-Leh road following over 5 feet of snowfall at 13,050-foot high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul Spiti district.

Kinner Kailash peak and Srikhand in Kinnuar district, Kunzum Pass at over 14,000 feet, Dhauladhar Ranges in Kangra and Churdhar Ranges in Sirmaur district also experienced snowfall during the past 24, the sources said.

Pangi subdivision of the district has been cut off from the rest of the state following heavy snowfall during the past few days.

The minimum temperatures had plummeted below minus degrees, with Kalpa in Kinnuar district recording a night temperature of minus 2.5 degree celsius, they said.

Landslides cuts off HT road , first snowfalls

The Spiti valley and the entire Pooh subdivision of Kinnaur remained cut-off today as the Hindustan-Tibet Road was once again blocked beyond Reckong Peo following the reports of fresh landslips from the landslide-prone area of Pangi village. Boulders coming down from the landslide area have damaged a stretch of the road completely blocking traffic on both the sides.

There were also reports of landslides on the Hindustan-Tibet Road at Malling Nullah on the Kinnaur and Spiti border where the vehicular traffic has also been halted for the time being. The engineers and labour force of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) were making efforts to open the road link as soon as possible.

Many tourists were reportedly stranded on the other side of the upper Kinnaur and Spiti valley. The state transport has initiated a transit-shipment service at the blockade sites so that daily commuters and the tourists did not suffer inconvenience.

The district administration has, for the time being, asked the PWD to stop the blasting being carried out to widen the old Hindustan-Tibet Road, which is just above the new Hindustan-Tibet Road.

Meanwhile, reports reaching here revealed that the minimum temperature in most of the villages of upper Kinnaur and Spiti valley had suddenly dropped to sub-zero levels forcing the people to stay in their homes.

In Reckong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur, moderate rainfall has been recorded since last night. The maximum temperature here remained below 10 degrees throughout the day. The minimum temperature was likely to dip to the sub-zero level if the rain continued during the night time, said weather experts.

Hindustan-Tibet road opened to traffic among landslides

Reckong Peo, August 17
The Hindustan-Tibet road that was blocked for the past one-week beyond Reckong Peo was re-opened for traffic by the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) this morning, even as the risk of being trapped in falling of rocks still prevails.

Blasting by the state Electricity Board and the Public Works Department had allegedly resulted into massive landslide at Pangi village just above the Hindustan-Tibet road.

Rocks were still falling down from the landslide-prone area this afternoon but the GREF personnel deployed there were cautiously making the traffic through even as the risk of being trapped in the rocks still prevails.

A truck hit by falling rocks at this point on the Hindustan-Tibet road had also fell into the Sutlej river on Monday morning.

Colonel M.L. Kom Officer Commanding of GREF said that it requires of manual repairing of the landslide area for a permanent solution to prevent the falling of rocks from above the national highway.

It is the duty of the Public Works Department to fix-up the landslide problem but it has been found that a casual attitude was being adopted by the state agencies ever since the massive landslide struck Pangi village, last week.

There has been continuous pressure on GREF authorities to keep the vital road traffic worthy but ground realities at this point did not permit them to work under uninterrupted falling of rocks.

Record rain, snow

Shimla, June 19
Intense coldwave conditions have revived in Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kinnuar and Kullu districts of Himachal Pradesh with the higher-altitude areas of the tribal districts experiencing fresh spell of snowfall, while rain lashed the lower areas during the past 24 hrs.

Jhingam, Hikam, Gomik, Losar villages of Lahaul-Spiti recorded over 2 to 5 inches of snowfall, while Kunjum Pass recorded over 7 inches of snowfall.

Rohtang Pass, situated at 13,050 feet above sea level, Baralacha Pass and other mountain peaks were experiencing snowfall since this afternoon.

Reckong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur, was receiving intermittent rain and official sources said the day temperatures were 10 to 12 degrees below normal for this period of the year.

A report from Kullu district said Tirthan Jot, Bisloi Jot, Lamba Lambri, Kirtan Kanda villages and Jaloori Pass in Banjar subdivision had already recorded one-and-a-half feet to 2 feet of snowfall in the past four to five days.

The region had never recorded this amount of snowfall during this month of the year, an official spokesman said.

Kinner Kailesh, Khimuphul Pass and other mountain peaks in Kinnaur district were receiving intermittent snowfall since last night, while the lower areas were lashed by light showers, plummeting the minimum and maximum temperatures in the district.

Pangi subdivision in Chamba district continued to remain cut off from rest of the state for the sixth day today due to closure of Saach Pass, which received another spell of snowfall.